By Reuben Sei Waylaun
As part of effort to encourage academic excellence to deserving, but needy students at the University of Liberia, the University of Liberia Alumni Chorus (ULAC) Tuesday July 10, 2018 renewed it famous scholarship to effective students at the university for second semester 2017/2018 academic year.
some officials of ULAC, UL and scholarship students in a group photo
Making statement at the well-attended ceremony in the conference room of the University of Liberia Administration Building, a senior member of ULAC in Liberia, Mrs. Rhonda Richards vonBallmoos said the scholarship is open to all students of the University of Liberia once they meet the necessary requirements.
As per the requirements, beneficiaries of the scholarship must obtain the grade point average (GPA) of 3.000 and above from 12 credits and above and should be in school actively among others.
According to Mrs. vonBallmoos, ULAC members usually hold concerts to raise funds for the scholarship program. She said last semester they had 13 students, but said due to some challenges academically, nine were successful to be joined by five others for this semester 2017/2018.
“We will continue to pay until you graduate once you meeting up with the requirements. The amount of US$500.00 is given to each student annually, but it’s US$250.00 per semester. We pay the tuition and the balance goes to the student.
“We are pleased to inform you of the renewal of the University of Liberia Alumni chorus scholarship for the second semester of academic 2017/2018,” she said.
“There were many applications that come to us for this scholarship, but we can only give it to few and we are happy to announced that you are people among them; therefore, we hope this scholarship will enable you concentrate on your studies without thinking about the finances,” she added.
At another member of ULAC, Mrs. Mildred B. Reeves has urged beneficiaries of the scholarship to continue to represent people who want to learn by seeking quality education and do what is right instead of buying grades.
She said the University of Liberia gave them solid foundation and they are now contributing to society in a meaningful manner.
Madam Reeves recounted that they started with US$10,000.00 and it was diminished last semester after providing lots of scholarships through the holding of concerts and helps from their sponsors. She added “We are starting again with another US$10,000.00.”
For his part, the Vice President for University of Liberia Relations, Attorney Norris Tweah commended ULAC for the provision of scholarship to the deserving students and urged them to continue to identify with the students in such manner.
According to him, the University of Liberia is the cheapest in the country, but majority of the students cannot afford to pay their fees due to financial difficulties.
“This semester 19,323 students billed to enrolled to the university, but only 9, 949 students paid or completed their registration while 49% who were billed are yet to pay. We are happy for this intervention. This is commendable,” he said.
He also thanked the students for making the right grades which afforded them the scholarship.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, student Comfort George thanked ULAC for the scholarship and promised that they will do all of what it takes to remain on the scholarship.
Miss George commended ULAC for such intervention in the midst of serious financial difficulties facing the country.